NYFF Live: Free Talks Revealed


Directors Sally Potter, Lee Daniels and Cristian Mungiu

Last year's New York Film Festival saw the introduction of a series of free talks and conversations in the Film Center Amphitheater and the Apple Store, and for the 50th NYFF we're going even bigger!

This year's NYFF Live program includes discussions with filmmakers Lee Daniels (The Paperboy), Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills), Sally Potter (Ginger and Rosa), Roger Michell (Hyde Park on Hudson), and Barry Levinson (The Bay); actors Gael Garcîa Bernal (No) and Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha); industry insiders like Tom Rothman, outgoing Film Society/NYFF Program Director Richard Peña, and critic/author David Thomson (The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies); and panels put together by partners New York Women in Film and Television, WGA East and SAGIndie. The talks will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater (144 W. 6th Street) and the Apple Store, SoHo (103 Prince Street). See below for full schedule.

As is the case with Friday's press conference with Ang Lee and Yann Martel for NYFF Opening Night film Life of Pi, our partnership with Youtube will allow many of these events to be streamed live on our Youtube Channel.

Film Society's Eugene Hernandez, who organized the program, said in a statement: "As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary we're thrilled to open up the New York Film Festival to a wider audience with free talks at Lincoln Center and live streamed events online during the 17 days of NYFF. Special thanks to our many NYFF Live partners including Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, NYWIFT, SAGIndie, WGA East and YouTube."

Saturday, September 29
6:00PM: Apple Store, SoHo
Meet the Filmmaker: Barry Levinson (The Bay)

7:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: 50 Years of Film Culture with the NYFF Selection Committee: Melissa Anderson, Scott Foundas, Amy Taubin, Todd McCarthy, Wendy Keys, Philip Lopate, David Ansen. (Moderated by James Schamus, CEO, Focus Features)

Sunday, September 30
7:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: Discussion on LIFE OF PI with Tom Rothman (Moderated by Scott Foundas, Associate Director of Programming, FSLC)

8:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: Meet the NYFF Filmmakers, Part 1: Dheeraj Akolkar (Liv and Ingmar), Alan Berliner (First Cousin Once Removed), Philippe Béziat (Becoming Traviata), Tom Donahue (Casting By), Michael Gochanour (The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland '65), Jeff Kaufman (The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America), Antonio Mendez (Here and There).

Monday, October 1
7:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: A Conversation with Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha)

Tuesday, October 2
7:00PM: Amphitheater
New York Women in Film and Television Panel: The New York State Post Production Tax Credit: Alex Halpern (CEO and Founder, Post Factory) and Yana Collins Lehman (Managing Director, Trevanna Post). The panel will be moderated by Richard Guay.

Wednesday, October 3
7:00PM: Amphitheater
WGA East: The Play's The Thing: Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Eric Bogosian (Suburbia, Talk Radio) and John Patrick Shanley (Doubt).

Thursday, October 4
7:00PM: Apple Store, SoHo
Meet the Filmmaker: Lee Daniels (The Paperboy).

Tuesday, October 9
7:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: A Conversation with Sally Potter (Ginger and Rosa)

8:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: A Conversation with Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)

Wednesday, October 10
7:00PM: Amphitheater
SAGIndie: Casting & Working With Actors: A Guide for the Perplexed. Panelists: Tom Donahue, Larry Fessenden, Ry Russo-Young, Cindy Tolan.

Thursday, October 11
7:00PM: Apple Store, SoHo
Meet the Filmmaker: Pablo Larrain and Gael Garcia Bernal (No)

7:00PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: Meet the NYFF Filmmakers, Part 2. Guests to be announced.

Friday, October 12
6:00PM: Apple Store, SoHo
Meet the Filmmaker: Roger Michell (Hyde Park on Hudson).

7:00PM: Amphitheater
A Conversation and book-signing with David Thomson, author of The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies. In association with the NYFF Critics Academy.

Saturday, October 13
4:30PM: Amphitheater
NYFF LIVE: A Conversation with Richard Peña (Moderated by Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly)

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